Canada ‘dismayed’ at PH recall of envoys over delay in trash return


Canada voiced consternation at Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin’s Thursday decision to recall the Philippines’ top diplomatic officials because the Canadian government missed the midnight May 15 deadline for retrieving tons of garbage mistakenly shipped to Philippine ports.

Locsin ordered Ambassador Petronila Garcia and the consul generals in Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver to “get the next flight out” of Canada.

“We shall maintain a diminished diplomatic presence in Canada until its garbage is ship bound there,” announced Locsin.

The Canadian government in a statement, “Canada is disappointed by this decision to recall the Philippines ambassador and consuls general. However, we will continue to closely engage with the Philippines to ensure a swift resolution of this important issue.”

President Duterte earlier endangered going to war with the North American country for failing to retrieve some 2,000 tons of garbage shipped to the Philippines and remain in the country’s ports for past six years.

Canada’s government reportedly offered to pay for the return of the waste, but its finance department stated the “bureaucratic red tape” in the Canadian government was hampering the effort.

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